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Barack Mandela
Attorney, Veteran, and Philosopher

Protest Song: Who is a Jew beyond Netanyahu?

As a citizen of Israel, I love Israeli rock bands such as Mashinah and Ha-Yehudim. I also love Israeli singers such as Omer Adam, Eyal Golan, Anna Zak, Aviv Geffen, and Ishay Ribo.

The other day I was watching the music video for the rock song “Masterpiece” by the American band “Motionless in White” when I was suddenly inspired to write this protest song about Israel and Jewish identity.

I feel inspired by the great peace activists and songwriters Bob Dylan and John Lennon. Hopefully, this protest song will be recorded and performed by a contemporary artist.

The song is titled: “Who is a Jew beyond Netanyahu?:

All the Palestinian and Israeli war games
Left a shattered picture frame
Like Netanyahu, I lead this land
If we can’t have Israel then no one can

Pain and wars what this land inflicts                                                                                            Burn that bridge when we get to it                                                                                            As we serve Israel like a military gun                                                                                      We imprisoned Ahed Tamimi with a twisted tongue

So, must Israel apologize and put the tears in Palestinian eyes
When every drawing that we paint contains the blood made of our mistakes?

Is there Jewish guilt? My crying eyes just stare
In Jerusalem, Palestinian joy is rare
As Israel modernizes its military ways
Innocent blood can’t escape the wars of fate

So must Israel apologize, and put the tears back in Palestinian eyes
When every drawing that we paint contains the blood made of our mistakes?

So must Netanyahu apologize for the Palestinian mother who cries
When every drawing that Israel paints contains the blood of our mistakes?

And in the light Arafat’s demise, we see the failure of peace in your eyes
Every drawing that Israel paints contains the blood made of our mistakes

From Netanyahu to Miri Regev                                                                                            From Northern Israel to the Negev                                                                                            From freedom fighters locked in prison cells                                                                            Strive for peace and freedom in Israel

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of the United States Air Force, United States Army, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and I am a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
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